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Letters dated 1912


Date: 
November 12, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Garrison, Fielding Hudson
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry to hear of the death of the dear old gentleman (Fletcher). Nixon informed him about it from Bristol. Tribute to him. Mentions that they became much attached to him at the Johns Hopkins. Recollections of his lecture on Medical Jurisprudence. Sympathies to the family. P.S. Klebs showed him the proof sheets of the VR with Historical books in Surgeon General's Library. Asks him if he could have a set. Mentions that he just had the gift of his historical library of medicine.


Date: 
November 16, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler will lecture at Yale in the third week of April, beginning on the 20th. Anytime in the first week of May would suit him. Recommends not settling the dates until he hears back from Yale. Asks Thayer to ask Smith whether the Phipps Psychiatric Institute date is settled. Suggests postponing that general foregathering of the old House Officers until the 25th anniversary of the opening of the hospital, which is the following year. Civilities.


Date: 
November 16, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler would be very glad to join the French Historico-medical Society. He mentions that he has had a great hit this week with the Stirling Maxwell private reprint of the Tabulae Sex of Vesalius, of which he had only a limited number for circulation among the libraries. Note written later: He is sending the Tabulae Sex that Maxwell reprinted to Sudhoff.


Date: 
November 18, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler asks Nixon when is the latest date for the notice on Fletcher. Invitation to dine at the Automobile Club, Pall Mall, after the meeting. Civilities.


Date: 
November 19, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Martin, Charles Ferdinand
Abstract: 

A mishap occurred and Lady Graham did not take the cultures with her. They will follow this week. Osler's opinion is that it would be worth trying. Mentions that this sort of strepto-pneumococcus interested the people at the laboratory. Jokes about the strepto-pneumococcus. Civilities.


Date: 
November 20, 1912
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Clipping from The Athenaeum, issued December 14, 1912. It relates the inauguration of the section for the study of the History of Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine. William Osler is President and Raymond Crawfurd and D'Arcy Power are Secretaries.


Date: 
November 20, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler has written to Wichersheimer to say that he would be delighted to join the Societe Francaise (d' Histoire de la Medecine). Glad that he got the Eloy, which is excellent and the basis of Bayle. Would be glad to look up the Religio Jurisconsulti, which he has never met with. Will give Dorveaux name to Crawfurd for the meeting next year. Mentions that they had the first meeting of the Historical Section (of the Royal Society of Medicine) this afternoon. 160 men have joined.


Date: 
November 20, 1912
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Clipping from the Lancet, November 30, 1912, pp. 1504-1506. "ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE-SECTION OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE."


Date: 
November 20, 1912
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from the Transactions of the Section of the History of Medicine, of the Royal Society of Medicine. Relates the presidential address on November 20th, 1912.


Date: 
November 21, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler asks Nixon to find out where a certain portrait of Harvey is, near Bristol, and see if he could have a photograph taken. Sorry that Nixon had to go last evening. Requests stirring the Bristol men to join the section. It will be a very useful organization. Civilities.


Date: 
November 22, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler recommends binding up his notice with the portrait and Fletcher's article. Will take a hundred copies to distribute to the libraries. He will send Nixon a list. (re Obituary Notice in Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Journal, xxx, 118, Dec. 1912)


Date: 
November 23, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Stokes, Anson Phelps
Abstract: 

Osler is satisfied with the dates for the (Silliman) lectures. Details on the schedule. Sorry that he will not be able to be at the ceremony in Autumn. Hopes the child continues to improve. Civilities.


Date: 
November 23, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Smith, Winford H.
Abstract: 

Osler informs Smith that his lectures at Yale will begin in the week of the 20th (April). Will have to be there until the 29th. Any time after would suits him for the Hopkins celebration. Deplores that he got his invitation for the Harriet Lane Home too late to send a cable of congratulations. Civilities.


Date: 
November 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler asks Nixon to go and see it (the Harvey's portrait at King's Weston) Asks him to get the Pedigree from Power, and a photo. He has sent a letter to Power. Civilities.


Date: 
November 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
Abstract: 

Osler has the French 1668 "Religio". He received his copy of the Servetus Bible from the Bibliotheque Royale. He got it for a few pounds. He has the Ptolemy 1535. Asks Mackall to let him know of any good medical incunabula. Civilities.


Date: 
November 27, 1912
From: 
Johnson, Frederic
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson reports on his progress with the collation of Sir Thomas Browne's "Religio Medici" manuscripts. He believes it would take him a month of straight work to do everything Osler has asked of him. He discusses the details of his fee for completing the task.


Date: 
November 27, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Thanks. Osler has sent the statement to Power. Suggests that a brief note on the portrait (of William Harvey, at King's Weston) would be of great value. Civilities.


Date: 
November 28, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler suggests that Post spend six months at the National Hospital Queen's Square, where they do ophthalmic work in connection with nervous diseases. He could then take six months in Paris, or partly Paris and Germany. Informs Thayer of the dates of his Yale lectures. Still wonders whether they should have the old House Officer's reunion this year or wait for the 25th anniversary. Asks his opinion on the matter. Civilities.


Date: 
November 28, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shattuck, George Cheever
Abstract: 

Osler to have his little book. Compliments. Requests Shattuck to urge his father to attend to the Congress in London next year, and to bring him. Civilities.


Date: 
November 29, 1912
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Katharine Stone Crowell
Abstract: 

Civilities. Lady Osler reports on Susan Chapin's visit to Oxford. She writes of the Barker baby and Campbell Howard's newborn boy. Ellie Osler Bowen and her family will spend Christman at Oxford. She writes of Revere's difficulty in school. Arrangements for an upcoming Congress, during which Lady Osler will host visiting doctors.


Date: 
November 1, 1912
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Clipping from an unidentified journal. " MEDICAL SCIENCE- UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITAL MUST JOIN HANDS-SIR WILLIAM OSLER'S PLEA."


Date: 
December 2, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Churchman, John Woolman
Abstract: 

Technical suggestions on the historical part (of the revision of the section on Syphilis for the 2nd edition of the Modern Medicine). Osler recommends that Churchman look up Sudhoff's "Erntlinge der Syphilislitteratur." Asks him to send him a reprint of his observations, from the Journal. Civilities.


Date: 
December 2, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Nixon for the description of the Harvey portrait (King's Weston). He has sent it on to Power. Civilities.


Date: 
December 3, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Johnson, Frederic
Abstract: 

Technical details regarding the works of Thomas Browne he owns.


Date: 
December 4, 1912
From: 
Johnson, Frederic
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson discusses details of his project to collate "Religio Medici" manuscripts.


Date: 
(December 4, 1912 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler will not be able to come to Bristol on January 14th. He is going into seclusion for the first three months of the year, to write the lectures that he will deliver in America in the Spring. He mentions that he is off to Manchester, and will send Nixon the Fletcher memoranda then. Civilities.


Date: 
December 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler advises MacAlister to think of the repercussions before sending a certain letter without consulting the President or members of the Finance Committee. Civilities.


Date: 
December 6, 1912
From: 
Meyer, Adolf
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Due to some schedule restriction from Kraepelin who can only be there if he leaves for Europe on the 19th of April, Meyer asks Osler to arrange to give the address for the opening of the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic before his Yale lectures. The public opening ceremony would be on April 16th. Details on the schedule of the events. Lists of the people who have sent their acceptances. Hopes Osler could arrange to fit his plan. If not, they will have to sacrifice Kraepelin, whom Phipps would like to be present. The opening then would be deferred until about May 1st, and the other persons might have to drop out on account of their university duties. Civilities.


Date: 
(December 9, 1912 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Harris, D. Fraser
Abstract: 

Osler is pleased that Harris is comfortably settled in Halifax. He will be happy to help in the matter of the tablet to Hales. Civilities.


Date: 
December 9, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Klebs for the books (Religio Jurisconsulti and Religio Medici, Eleutheropoli, s.d.). He is having the other items bound, so Klebs will not have them for a few weeks. Asks him if he would like the Observations (of Kenelm Digby upon Religio Medici) bound separately. Osler thinks that he should. Interested to hear of Klebs's Linacre finds. Will look up the Gulston, in which books he is always interested in. Moore has never published his Harvey's marginal notes yet. Would like him to ask (B. Reber, collector of and writer on Pharmacy) to send him some of his papers. Mentions the excellent start of the historical section at the RSM. Glad that he is working with Sudhoff. Asks him to stir up the men for historical section of the Congress. Books at the Hoe sale.

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